Dishwasher wins $21.5 million lawsuit after boss wanted her to work Sundays

Published: Jan. 17, 2019 at 12:43 PM CST
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A Florida woman who couldn't work at her dishwashing job on Sundays because of church was awarded more than $21.5 million after her boss demanded she show up.


reports Marie Jean Pierre, 60, worked at the Conrad Hotel in Brickell from about 2006 to 2016.

In 2015, the hotel assigned her to work Sundays despite being aware of her involvement with the Soldiers of Christ Church.

Pierre traded shifts with co-workers but her boss continued to demand that she show up. When she refused, kitchen manager George Colon fired her.

According to

Pierre told her boss when she was hired that she could not work Sundays because of her religious beliefs.

The newspaper says Pierre filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The organization issued her a “right to sue” notice, allowing her to sue the hotel and managing company.

A federal jury ordered the hotel to pay Pierre $36,000 for lost wages and $21.5 million for emotional and other damages.